A non-aquatic bird's egg is introduced into a duck's nest. Problems ensue, along with a happy ending.
The Color Classics series was Fleischer Studios' attempt at keeping up with Disney. This is the tenth in the series, and is in the public domain.
May 31, 2009
Degraded video files
The Color Classics series may have been an "attempt at keeping up with Disney," but their styling is all Fleischer. While other 'toons in the CC series here on the Archive tend to get a bit preachy, this one is just plain cute (although it also has a moral).
Unfortunately, though, this 'toon doesn't have much more to recommend itself other than its cuteness. Coping with things like the Hays code and competition from Disney definitely took the Fleischers out of their creative zone-- compare this to the energy of the pre-code Betty Boop cartoons, and to the few Popeye 'toons that offer more than the usual Popeye formula (Popeye gets mugged, Popeye eats spinach, Popeye beats up everyone and everything), to see what I mean.
Additionally, the three file options currently available have some problems. The MPEG4 file is totally pixelated and full of compression artifacts. While the 512Kb MPEG4 and the Ogg Video files are much smoother (better antialiasing?), the sound is badly out of synch with the video in both of them.
Two stars for an unexceptional cartoon and degraded video files.